maintenance in being or activity; the sustaining of life through vital processes.
provision with means or funds for upkeep.
means of sustaining life; sustenance.
- sus·ten·ta·tion·al, adjective
- sus·ten·ta·tive [suhs-tuhn-tey-tiv, suh-sten-tuh-tiv], /ˈsʌs tənˌteɪ tɪv, səˈstɛn tə tɪv/, adjective
- self-sus·ten·ta·tion, noun
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How to use sustentation in a sentence
Interest as connected with the sustentation of a certain mode of social life.A Critical Examination of Socialism | William Hurrell Mallock
For this civilisation makes no provision excepting temporary sustentation in hospitals, workhouses or prisons.London's Underworld | Thomas Holmes
And so all things appertaining to the sustentation of man, in triple and more exceeded their accustomed prices.Mary Queen of Scots 1542-1587 | Various
There are two funds: one subscribed expressly for the building of churches, the other limited to the "sustentation" of incumbents.
The prolonged, delicate, exquisite sustentation of the pictorial tone seems to me a marvel of ingenuity and fancy.Views and Reviews | Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for sustentation
a less common word for sustenance
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